The Hostos Alumni Relations office was recognized for outstanding achievement in philanthropy at the first CUNY Philanthropy Forum held this past April 22st at the Graduate Center. Carlos Flynn, CUNY University Dean of Advancement, presented Nydia Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations at Hostos, with the CUNY Philanthropy Award and indicated that, “Hostos has excelled in their outreach and philanthropic efforts among faculty, staff and alumni.” Hostos was acknowledged for securing a steady stream of donations through their constant donor cultivation events and one-on-one relationship building tactics. City College, The Graduate Center, College of Staten Island, Baruch and Hunter College were also praised.
Aside from the award, Hostos’ Alumni Relations was included in the “A Fundraising Plan for Community Colleges-Innovative Community College Alumni Strategies” workshop. The session exemplified the College’s Circle of 100 giving society, founded by Mrs. Edgecombe, Dr. Gerald J. Meyer, Professor Emeritus and Virginia Paris, Dean Emeritus, as a successful model to adopt or study at other higher learning institutions.
About Circle of 100 Scholarship & Emergency Fund
Since its founding in the spring of 2007, The Circle of 100 Scholarship & Emergency Fund has awarded over $95,000 in emergency grants and scholarships. The Circle of 100 gives to students with excellent academic records and soon-to-be graduates needing assistance in making the transition to a four-year college. The Alumni Relations Office handles the application process with an inter-divisional selection committee.
About CUNY Philanthropy Forum
The first CUNY Philanthropy Forum is a celebration of CUNY’s ongoing effort to develop a true culture of philanthropy in support of all the CUNY colleges. The Forum is an opportunity to engage in dialogue with supporters and key industry leaders to support CUNY leaders in continuing to expand their philanthropic efforts and that the Universities can continue to offer high-quality education to every deserving students.
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